Pampering, luxuriating and revelling in tranquillity are the order of the day at this country oasis.
Kievits Kroon (Near Pretoria)
When you combine the Cape Winelands with Highveld countryside you’re bound to find room to breathe. Put that on 16 quiet hectares just 45 minutes from Sandton, add the luxury of a spa with full thermae facilities and you’ve got the unique experience of Kievits Kroon.
The Winelands Spa, overlooking the hotel’s green central quad, is one of the venue’s centrepieces. Spacious shower facilities with complete wet area – sauna, Jacuzzi, Swiss showers, steam room and plunge pool – are a warm welcome. The advanced thermae facilities on offer promise to re-energise and detoxify, and they most certainly do. Enjoy a dip in the heated indoor pool with views overlooking the green lawns of the estate. But be sure to leave time for a lie-down in the relaxation lounge, where the dimmed light and piped music will have your stress turned down close to zero before or after a treatment.
With 10 spacious therapy rooms, two single rooms and eight double treatment rooms, it is easy to wonder if you’ll end up in an over-crowded space. In reality spa staff take such good care of you, any other soul you encounter will be fleeting. The relaxed environment will have you feeling restored in no time at all, with hours passing by blissfully.
Packages range from moms-to-be specials to the True Romance overnight option for couples. After your troubles are melted away by hot stones and skilled hands, enjoy several dining options on the estate, including picnics on the lawn, the signature Granita restaurant and the more relaxed poolside bar. Kingsley’s is the place to be for a chatty afternoon tipple and to catch the rugby on TV.
Across 142 rooms, primarily in Cape Dutch style but including six traditional Zulu huts, accommodation ranges from standard rooms to the two exclusive VIP suites, as well as two adapted rooms for diabled guests. – Ian Macleod / Bronwen Watson
086 0543 848 www.kievitskroon.co.za